Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

When I first saw commercials for this movie, I didn’t believe that it could actually exist.  Yes, the first Ghost Rider movie made over $228 million at the box office, but it wasn’t really screaming for a sequel, which of course in today’s Hollywood means yes, greenlight the shit out of that.  Story idea?  WHO CARES just start filming.  It didn’t help that it was directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (obnoxiously credited as Neveldine/Taylor), and that I hated the hell out of Crank and Gamer, two of their previous movies.  And yes, thank your gods, Nicolas Cage is back as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider.

The first Ghost Rider film was not a good movie, in fact, I rated it a 2, but I didn’t hate it.  It was what it was, and the most surprising thing of all was that it didn’t suck completely.  Like Punisher: War Zone, this film was released under the Marvel Knights banner, which means it sorta doesn’t take place in the same Marvel Cinematic Universe as The Avengers and certainly not the same world as Spider-Man because those rights are owned by different companies or some legalese bullshit.  Anyways, the whole premise of the movie is that Blaze is trying to save some kid named Danny (Fergus Riordan) (and of course he’s named Danny, that’s what one of the incarnations of Ghost Rider was named in the comics universe) whose mother, Nadya (Violante Placido), made a deal with the Devil, Roarke (Ciarán Hinds), to spare her life, in exchange for her future son’s life, or soul or whatever.  The premise is not mining new territory.

There’s one new aspect of Ghost Rider that I enjoyed in the film, and that was the redesign of the flaming skull, as instead of a clean, skinless skull constantly on fire, the new skull appears to be constantly burning, the skull coated in ash and soot.  Much more striking and effective than the original design.  However, now Ghost Rider has this stupid power where everything he jumps on becomes enflamed (I may have just made up that word), like a goddamn crane all bursting with Hellfire and brimstone and the like.  This has terribly stupid implications, because that now means if Ghost Rider starts driving a boat, well that boat will have flames coming out of it and it’s just so dumb stop, please stop.

There are numerous other head-shakingly bad plot holes throughout the movie (like how come the never-named Blackout (Johnny Whitworth) whose power is DECAY and rots everything by touching it can drive an ambulance without anything happening to it?), and Nicolas Cage tends to be acting like he’s going through heroin withdrawals throughout the entire movie, and it’s laughably bad.  Yet, I still didn’t hate it.  I should have every right to hate it, but it was exactly what I thought it was going to be, and that was Not Very Good at All.

1.5 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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